Residents in Clairton and other Mon Valley communities struggle to breathe all too often thanks to air pollution emanating from U.S. Steel’s Mon Valley Works – one of the largest coking operations in the United States.
Fortunately, the EPA has sided with environmentalists and residents, granting objections to the Clairton Coke Works Title V Operating Permit (with an upcoming public hearing January 10th). In fact, the EPA ordered ACHD to ensure the permit includes a compliance schedule and other remedies to ensure the plant’s compliance with clean air laws. The EPA’s objection to the permit gives residents an opportunity to ensure that the voices and concerns of people are heard. These voices are especially needed in Clairton, which is an environmental justice area here in Allegheny County. In Clairton, nearly 40% of residents are Black and they live near the U.S. Steel Clairton Coke Works plant. Many are disproportionately affected by pollution and related illnesses, including asthma and cancer. Championing environmental justice requires meaningful input from the people whose health and quality of life will be most impacted by the Clairton Coke Works. While formal hearings allow residents to provide comments, they do not allow conversation and interaction between officials and residents. Sign this petition to urge ACHD to provide this important opportunity for public engagement and input.